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Why does GridView not decode HTML?

Posted on 2008-11-13
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Last Modified: 2013-11-08
In asp.net 3.5, I'm adding values to a Dictionary<string, string>, which I then assign to a GridView.  I do a

string mystring = "<a href="www.abc.com">go here</a>";
myDictionary.Add("KeyOne", Server.HtmlDecode(mystring));

but in the aspx, it comes out in the grid as the full string rather than a clickable link.  When I view source, I can see it has turned the carrots into escaped characters.  What am I doing wrong?  I've also tried UrlDecode().
Question by:brettr
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moseack earned 2000 total points
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It depends on the fields of the GridView. By default (with AutoGenerateColumns=true) you get a bound field that is set to encode HTML.

You can use the following:
<asp:gridview ...>
     <asp:boundfield datafield="Country" htmlencode="false" headertext="Country"/>



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